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New Mexico, Arizona governors seek federal support to transform uranium mine cleanup

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Santa Fe — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs called for significant changes in national abandoned uranium mine cleanup policy in a letter to the federal government on April 9.

In a letter to Brenda Mallory, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, Lujan Grisham and Hobbs requested...

LOC discusses legislation to amend rules of order for standing committees

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Law and Order Committee convened their regular meeting on April 1 to discuss concerns about crime in border towns that impact nearby Navajo communities.

LOC member Council Delegate Herman Daniels Jr. (Tsah Bii Kin, Navajo Mountain, Shonto, Oljato) highlighted issues such as children playing in unsafe abandoned buildings, particularly in Halchita, Utah and increasing incidents of dog attacks on people and livestock.

“Halchita, Utah is a small community, in the middle of the housing there is an abandoned DNA building, the building is run down, burned and unsafe and there are children who go in there every night,” he said.

He recommended a joint meeting...

Navajo Council calls for finalized capital improvement plan for FY2025

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The 25th Navajo Nation Council’s Budget and Finance Committee received a report from the Navajo Nation Division of Community Development regarding the Nation’s Capital Improvement Plan on April 2.

Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty questioned DCD’s proposed timeline to finalize the CIP, stating that the department is familiar with the process as they have undertaken it before.

“You need to identify the top priority projects from each chapter, as they’ve received funding, and move forward. I disagree that we should discuss or consider new projects. The Committee needs a breakdown of what’s going to be submitted to the Controller, so we have it as...

GMCS offers alternative accommodations for eclipse

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Gallup=McKinley County Schools is allowing alternative accommodations for students and parents acknowledging that they want their student(s) to participate in traditional practices involved in the upcoming eclipse on April 8.

The eclipse will begin at approximately 11:15 am and will end at approximately 1:45 pm.

Parents wishing to keep their students at home for any period of time during this day can provide a note to the school to have an excused absence.

If students come to school and students or parents/guardians express their desire to have students recognize the traditional aspects of this event then:

Students have the option to stay indoors during the eclipse Teachers will...

MCSO searches for two missing juveniles

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The McKinley County Sheriff's Office is working with the New Mexico State Police to locate two runaway juveniles from Kansas.

Juan Bender and Logan Kostel, both about 16 years old, were last possibly wearing black hoodies and shorts and carrying luggage and/or sleeping bags.

They reportedly left Kansas on April 6, possibly heading to Los Angels in an unknown vehicle, which was abandoned and towed by another agency. Their last known location is either Prewitt or Thoreau.

The juveniles will avoid and run from law enforcement. They are possibly carrying BB guns that appear to be real guns.

Anyone with information about the location of these two missing juveniles is asked to call Metro...

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